Title: Churches Schools And Guns Remixed
Label: Stroboscopic Artefacts
Remixers: Shapednoise, Donato Dozzy, Milton Bradley, Eomac
Cat. #: SA021
Format: Vinyl, digital
Release Date: January 27th 2014
1. Catch Twenty Two (Shapednoise Remix)
2. The Illusion Of Choice (Donato Dozzy Remix)
3. Laws and Habits (Milton Bradley Remix)
4. The Self As Another (Eomac Remix)
To start the year 2014, Stroboscopic Artefacts bring you SA021 – a remixes selection of tracks from Lucy’s forthcoming LP Churches Schools and Guns. In presenting four of the album cuts in altered impressions, SA021 helps the label keep on re-examining the timbres, tones and textures of techno.
First up is the unsettled edit of ‘Catch Twenty Two’ by the young Italian producer Shapednoise. The infamous Heller novel of the same name (though in numerals rather than letters) was a satirical rampage through the futility and tragedy of conflict; this is also a rampage, littered with opaque utterances of sonic thrust, stood stoutly on an unpredictable and emotional structure of aural dissonance. Following this is the Italian maestro Donato Dozzy and his presentation of ‘The Illusion of Choice’. The track bounds along like a train through the jungle, powered by a distant rumble and purring synths. Skittering and melodic percussion sounds a little like birds; the drums are made of rawhide, strong, insistent, controlled. Third in line is the remix of ‘Laws and Habits’ by Milton Bradley. This cut is hypnosis with little regard – not an accident, but effortless. Metallic distortion buzzes like bees across your head, zipping across the top of delicate hi-hats and an elastic groove. This is a walk through the 4am night, appreciative of the glimmering streetlamps, and fearful of nothing. Last is Eomac’s rework of ‘The Self As Another’, bringing the record to a resonant conclusion. One half of label favourite Lakker, the Irish producer begins with a melody line cut from razor-sharp cloth. The pulsating beat is dressed in metallic shimmer, confidently pursuing a dangerous course. And yet there is a pause amid this brief insistence, a moment of perspective, perspicacity. The record considers its place, and asks for contemplation.
With a selection this strong, and of such ideas and identities, this contemplation is surely a worthy vice. This may be a prelude to the full record, but it is a cut made of vehement conviction.
Words: Ben Clay